Tuesday, 2 March 2021
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Rezende 'thinking about Italy'

Brazil's Andre Heller attacks against China

Bernardo REZENDE (BRA) - head coach
On the match:
"China is a good team, they beat Venezuela and Japan in the preliminaries. Those were tough games. Today we played with a lot of attention and focus. I didn't give the Chinese a lot of room to play to their potential. We served well and we were able to play very fast combinations. I'm just really thinking about Italy."
On the importance of having Gilberto GODOY FILHO (BRA) back on the team:
"It is very important, he's a good player and in a national team every player is important. His leadership is important, it's not just about playing well, but also leading in intense moments. We'll have him in his best shape in the semifinals and hopefully later as well. As we have another player (Anderson RODRIGUES, BRA) who injured his ankle during training, to have Giba (GODOY FILHO) back is a good thing."

Gilberto GODOY FILHO (BRA) - captain
On the match:
"It was a very dangerous match - to play China here at home, it's very difficult for the other teams."
"Brazil concentrated here and we played well in all three sets."
On his injury:
"I feel good. I need to keep away the pain, it's normal for this level (of competition). But I don't think about this - I think about playing."
On the continuous discussion among the Brazilian players:
"This is normal for Brazil. If Brazil doesn't play like this then we're not Brazil."

ZHOU Jianan (CHN) - head coach
On the match:
"Brazil played at their world champion level, there is an obvious difference between the Brazillian and the Chinese team. It's a great opportunity for us to play against Brazil. I hope we can learn something from them."
On the future of the team:
"It's been very difficult for China to qualify for the Olympics. It took 24 years to participate, and we gained this opportunity because we are the host country. When I was a player, the seniors kept working hard to qualify for the Olympic Games. In the future, no matter who will lead the Chinese Men's team, they should fight to the end."
"I hope the effort made by the Chinese Men's Volleyball team will be rewarded, and I am confident that the next time we will qualify for the Olympic Games by our true strength."
"My contract as the coach of the Chinese team ends with these Olympic Games. I don't know who will coach later, but whoever it is will have to discover new players. These Olympic Games provides opportunities for young players to grow, and they have showed plenty of room for improvement. I hope they will do better."
SHEN Qiong (CHN) - captain
On the match :
"Today the Brazilian team played to their full potential. They fully restricted us through their technique, we think they deserved to win, and we sincerely hope they win the Gold medal."
On the positive attitude displayed despite of losing:
"I think the Chinese team has finished its task. It's a great opportunity for us to compete with the World Champions. We tried our best on the court during the match."